Human Resources

Staff Policies

C. Payroll Information

3. Inclement weather

Due to the residential nature of our college and the mild winters in Portland, it is unlikely that the campus will close for inclement weather, however each incident of severe weather will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  In general, absences due to weather will not be compensated unless the college is unable to open or is required to close early.

The decision to close the college will be made by the president or in his/her absence, one of the vice presidents.  The closure will be reported to local radio and TV stations and posted on the front page of reed.edu by the director of public relations.  In the absence of such notification, employees should assume that the college is open. 

When the college is open during severe weather
When the college is open but weather conditions are such that an employee determines that commuting would be hazardous and feels that s/he should return to or remain at home, the employee is encouraged to do so.  Under these circumstances, employees should notify their supervisor as soon as possible or within the first 30 minutes of the work day.  Unworked hours will be recorded as vacation time. 

When employees are unavoidably late during severe weather conditions but have made a reasonable effort to arrive at work on time, they will be paid for the entire day of work.

When the college officially closes during severe weather
Employees who are scheduled to work (and not on vacation or other leave) will receive pay for all of the hours that they were scheduled to work during a school closure.

For safety reasons, some staff will be expected to report to work even during a closure.  Employees should speak with their supervisor to determine if their position is one that is expected to report for work.

last revised: 2/13/2014

last reviewed: 2/13/2014

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